Interesting weekend at the Police College, supporting pupils who are being trained in MVP. Although we only had 2 S5 girls, our HSPO and I, there were plenty of other schools from across Scotland so a great mix of people. We were also joined by one of our DHTs for the duration of the workshops on Saturday.
Friday night was movie night, watching The Angel’s Share, introduced by actor Paul Brannigan himself. He was happy to answer questions afterwards and was very open and honest about his upbringing which was similar to his character in the film although he said that was a coincidence. Before the movie, pupils were split into groups in an almost “Apprentice” style teambuilding contest.
Saturday was a series of workshops all looking at different types of violence including bullying, domestic abuse and texting. All speakers were experts in their areas, extremely knowledgeable and not afraid to skirt around issues.
Pupils were treated to a disco on Saturday night, after the winners of the teambuilding contest were announced – unfortunately not the team with our girls but they all did really well to perform in front of an audience of about 100 people!
After the group photo on Sunday morning, the remainder of the time was spent teaching pupils how to use the Playbook so that they can then deliver the programme to S1/2 when they return to school.
The weekend was most enjoyable and a real eye-opener in terms of what constitutes violence and learning strategies on how to prevent it happening in schools.